Typographic banner for the Self portrait prize, a Royal Society of Portrait painters competition.
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The Royal Society of Portrait Painters

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters was established in 1891 to ‘encourage the appreciation study and practice of the art of portraiture’. Whilst the heritage of the society is evident and often easier to communicate. The RP has worked half to celebrate and explore the discipline.

The society has established a fantastic new £20,000 portrait painting prize – named Self. It is an annual exhibition, aimed at encouraging a younger generation of emerging talent. The Royal Society of Portrait Painters are seeking submissions of adventurous and fresh self portraits – both painting and drawing.

a dozen eggs produced an identity and printed card, as well as web hosting banners for an important one of a kind prize for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. At all times Fran and Jo were responsive and communicative regarding initiating design, chasing up for information and producing rough visuals. They also supervised the final print run. All outcomes were used heavily over the following months and both initiatives proved to be highly successful!

Alastair Adams, President - Royal Society of Portrait Painters

We designed the ident alongside a flyer design. The RP were after a design that could run beside their current branding, but have a distinctive style of it’s own, that could be rolled out for all promotional material, including leaflets and social media design material.


Huge congratulations to Jan Mikulka who won the 2013 prize for his self portrait. The Prague based artist beat 946 works submitted by 635 artists. The finalists also had the opportunity to exhibit at the Mall galleries.

This self-portrait draws you to it through its technical proficiency and expressive power. You feel you are standing in front of the artist, watching him concentrate on his likeness – his eyes hooded yet determined, his lips pressed together through concentration.

Judge Charlotte Mullins of Art Quarterly